CENTRAL CALIFORNIA – ACE Pacific West’s Central California base is located in the suburbs of Sacramento, resting on Nisenan, Patwin, and Me-Wuk ancestral lands. Settled on the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, Sacramento is a well-established center of California and a thriving city of over 500,000.With one of the world’s largest railway museums, the world-renowned 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail along the American River, and conservation-focused Sacramento Zoo all within a 10-mile radius, there is no limit to the excitement downtown Sacramento offers during off days. For those looking to travel a bit further to nearby attractions, Lake Tahoe is only a 2 hour drive Northeast and offers an array of activities for the outdoor enthusiast as the Gateway to the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA –ACE Pacific West’s Southern California base is located in Ridgecrest and rests on Northern Paiute, Kawaiisu, and Newe (Western Shoshone) indigenous lands in close proximity to the California High Desert. Compared to Sacramento, Ridgecrest is a relatively small, quaint and comfortable desert town of about 30,000, with strong ties to the local Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Surrounded by four mountain ranges: the Sierra Nevada to the west, the Cosos to the north, Argus Range to the east, and the El Paso Mountains to the south, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures to partake in during off days. From rock climbing to wildflower hunting to camping, Ridgecrest’s desert environment provides a scenic and challenging adventure within legendary public lands such as Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve.
The Pacific West program, formerly known as ACE California, was established in Santa Cruz, California in 2008. The Pacific West administrative office is now located in Felton, California within the Santa Cruz Mountains. In such a vast state, this division has held as many as three separate division offices, with work extending throughout the western contiguous United States and even into the islands of Hawaii. To learn more about indigenous lands and nations in this region and beyond, visit the Native Land website or download the Native Land app.